In 1976, Bernie Taupin published a collection of his lyrics for Elton John, accompanied by black and white illustrations corresponding to the selected texts, and entitled Bernie Taupin. The One Who Writes The Words.

Having heard about that book at its project stage, I produced spontaneously two illustrations, one for the song
Mona Lisas & Mad Hatters (Honky Château album) and the other one for I Am Going To Be A Teenage Idol
(released on the Don’t Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player album).
None of these works was eventually retained.

In fact, the composition I Am Going To Be A Teenage Idol was not selected by Bernie Taupin to figure in his book, so no illustration was actually needed.

 

 

 

ELTON JOHN

 

 

 

 

I Am Going to Be A Teenage Idol
(Original work lost)
Gouache on paper
50 cm x 60 cm
1975